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Farewell to… racehorse vet John Gray

Racehorse vet John Gray died on 19 September, aged 87.

John qualified as a vet in 1947 and looked after the horses of Gerald Balding and Peter Hastings-Bass during his time in Lambourn.

After a spell as vet at Perth racecourse, he moved to Kenya attending to racehorses and the occasional elephant.

In the mid-1970s, he returned to England and became manager of the Sussex Stud, then Lockinge Stud, before starting a practice in partnership with Barry Park.

His expertise on tendon injuries was legendary and he became known as “the man with X-ray hands“.

He also hunted with the Old Berks and rode several point-to-point winners. John is survived by his wife Mo. Any donations to be made to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (11 October 2012)

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